If someone close to you has bipolar disorder, your love and support can make a difference in treatment and recovery. You can help by learning about the illness, offering hope and encouragement, keeping track of symptoms, and being a partner in treatment. But caring for a person with bipolar disorder will take a toll if you neglect your own needs, so it’s important to find a balance between supporting your loved one and taking care of yourself.
Dealing with the highs and lows of bipolar disorder can be difficult – not just for the person suffering from the illness, but also those around them. During a manic episode, family members and close friends may have to cope with reckless behavior, explosive bursts, outrageous demands, and irresponsible decisions. Once the mania has passed, it often falls on them to deal with the consequences also. During episodes of depression, you may have to pick up the slack for a loved one who doesn’t have the energy to meet responsibilities at home or work.
The good news is that most people with bipolar disorder can stabilize their moods with proper treatment, medication, and support—and you can play a significant role in his or her recovery. Often, just having someone to talk to can make all the difference to your loved one’s outlook and motivation.
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